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  • Supervisors unanimously appoint Megan Page as public defender

    Apr 19, 2022 | Read More News
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     Megan Page
     Megan Page
    The Pima County Board of Supervisors voted 5-0 on April 19 to appoint Megan Page as public defender. Page will replace Joel Feinman, who resigned in March and will be leaving the post on May 2.

    Page, 37, has worked for the Public Defender’s Office for 11 years and was most recently the chief assistant public defender, a position she held for four years. She received a bachelor’s degree in history from the University of Arizona in 2007, graduating summa cum laude, and earned her law degree from the UA’s James E. Rogers College of Law in 2010, also graduating summa cum laude.

    During law school, she was a clerk in the Tucson office of the Federal Public Defender. Upon graduation, she clerked for Judge Deborah Bernini in Pima County Superior Court.

    “I am incredibly honored to be appointed the Pima County public defender,” Page said. “From the time I attended law school, I wanted to be a public defender in order to defend the Constitution and stand up for those who are often cast aside by society.

    “I have worked for the Public Defender’s Office for the past 11 years and it has been a humbling and rewarding experience to represent clients, give a voice to their stories and ensure that their rights are upheld.”

    Page will report to Dean Brault, the director of Pima County’s Public Defense Services.

    “Over the course of the last four years as the chief assistant public defender, Megan Page has developed the skills, judgment and experience necessary to effectively lead the Pima County Public Defender’s Office,” Brault said.

    “As the Pima County public defender, she will use her knowledge, temperament and leadership to ensure that indigent clients continue to receive high-quality representation and will advocate for improvements to the criminal-justice system.”

    Page was one of six applicants for the position. All the candidates were interviewed by a committee led by Brault. Two applicants from that process were then interviewed by County Administrator Jan Lesher, who forwarded Page’s name to the Board of Supervisors for consideration.

    Page said her main priorities will be further developing the way defendants are represented in an evolving society and supporting the workforce within the Public Defender’s Office.

    “I want to continue to emphasize a model of holistic defense and further develop our social work and investigation units,” she said. “I also plan to continue to advocate for systemic change and criminal-justice reform, including treating substance abuse as a mental-health issue rather than a basis for prosecution and incarceration.

    “I also want to focus on recruitment and retention of highly qualified employees and promote a more diverse workforce.  The attorneys and staff at the Public Defender’s Office have challenging jobs and work tirelessly to ensure that our clients receive exceptional representation.  Making sure they have the training and support necessary to do their jobs each and every day is my top priority.”